Intel finally launches the Cedar Trail platform
Ryan Martin / 5 years ago
Cedar Trail has been plagued by extensive delays arising from significant graphics problems and after a lot of waiting Cedar Trail is finally here… so what does Cedar Trail actually bring to the market?
Well the Atom architecture has had a substantial redesign using the latest 32nm production process. This has enabled Intel to pack atom chips with higher clock speeds and yet reduce power consumption by 20%. Intel has updated the graphics too, the newer media engine inside the graphics controller supports full HD and Blu Ray playback. The graphics engine is still at DX9 after unfixable driver issues with DX10 and above but has been improved with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600/3650 based on the PowerVR SGX 545 from Imagination Technologies.
Intel’s new Atoms also bring more display output options (HDMI, DisplayPort), Intel Wireless Display capabilities, the Rapid Start Technology enabling fast resume from standby mode, and the Smart Connect Technology which will update email, Twitter and RSS feeds automatically, even in sleep mode.
There are four models coming out:
- N2600, 2 cores at 1.6GHz, 3.5W TDP, 4 threads.
- N2800, 2 cores at 1.86GHz, 6.5W TDP, 4 threads.
- D2500, 2 cores at 1.83GHz, 10W TDP, 2 threads.
- D2700, 2 cores at 2.13GHz, 10W TDP, 4 threads.
Systems based on the Cedar Trail platform are expected to arrive early next year from the likes of Asus, Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Acer, Toshiba and others.